Drona is great Brahmin acharya (professor) for Pandavas, Kauravas and many other Kshatriyas of that time. He has revenge on Drupada due to insult made by Drupada and hence Dronacharya took revenge on Drupadha.

Chanakya is a famous Brahmin mentor for Chandragupta. He has revenge on Dhana nanda due to insult made by Dhana nanda and hence chanakya took revenge on Dhana nanda.

There are many such famous 'take revenge's' in mythology and in Indian history.

I have doubt regarding this take revenge stories. Is taking revenge for some insult a sin or not?

What if some one excuses other in-spite of getting insult? Is it dharma to take revenge for getting insult?

  • Yeah killing or harming someone just for the sake of revenge is sin because it is born out of Rajas guna. – Yogi Mar 15 '17 at 6:47
  • "because it is born out of Rajas Guna" ?? – Mr. Sigma. Mar 15 '17 at 8:59

Taking revenge is at least a bad conduct or unethical as per the Atri Smriti.

If external or spiritual pain is created by others, and one is not offended and does not wreak revenge, it (i.e., the spirit) is called Dama.

Atri Smriti , Chapter 1 , Verse 39

Dama,Daya(mercy),Aspriha(want of desire) etc are the basic ethical conducts or ideal behaviour as per the aforementioned Smriti.

To follow good conduct always and to renounce a bad one, has been described as Mangala by the 'R.ishis well-read in Religious Codes. (36)

And,Dama is mentioned as one of the Mangalas.

  • What you've quoted doesn't support the conclusion that it is bad conduct. – DirghaChintayanti Mar 15 '17 at 6:26
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    please read my previous comment again, I agree with saying that what you've quoted says best course of action is indifference but that doesn't automatically imply the conclusion namely whether nature of revenge itself is good or bad. – DirghaChintayanti Mar 15 '17 at 6:41
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    @anuvaramban If u happen to read some of the Smriti texts then u will know that they don't get more explicit than this..Its quite clear that its not a recommended or a good conduct.. & we have to take the opposite of it as bad only...but i already admitted that i can't say its a sin ..In any case i will look for more in other Scriptures.. – Rickross Mar 15 '17 at 10:47
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    @Rickross then how come Drona is called as brahmana even after showing such hatred and rivalry ? – Rakesh Joshi Mar 15 '17 at 12:19
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    @RakeshJoshi we have bad brahmin good brahmin.. – Rickross Mar 15 '17 at 15:51

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